November 22 2012 12:57PM
To kick this article off in style, I'm just going to say it right here, for the sake of controversy: Brad Werenka, pictured above, is drinking a beer in public. On Game Day. Probably.
There could be no better candidate for Where Are They Now than Mr. Brad Werenka, because only like six people in the entire world actually know where he is. If you're like me, you assume that after he parted ways with his illustrious career as a premier shutdown NHL defenseman, he would meet his most certainly resplendent post retirement challenges with aplomb and esteem. One imagines a noble Werenka, clad in armor, unsheathing his broadsword and laying waste to a dragon made out of nothing but toxic waste and discarded Def Leppard LPs.
If you're part of the other camp, a bloc of people I like to call the "Kent Wilsons of the world", you function under the assumption that Werenka is in a ditch, facedown, naked and pale in the sleepy community of Has Been, Iowa, where even his mother would say "Yeah, whatever, Bill, or Bob or whatever the Hell your name is"
It's bleak, tragic, and you're all jerks for operating within such grim parameters.
The truth is, Brad Werenka is most likely living in a reality somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. And after I look up his Wikipedia page and also probably edit his Wikipedia page, I will report back my findings so we can all stop exerting so much time thinking about it.
All you really need to know is that some fraudulent punk of a blogger out there has, without any authority to do so, anointed Werenka with his own day of the week. Where does that guy get off?
November 22 2012 11:04AM
After the NHLPA proposal/rejection kerfuffle the other day, I made a glib remark on twitter about the union going the decertification route. I was only half serious when I suggested it, but the option is starting to get more attention. James Mirtle recently wrote about the threat and what it would mean if the players union dissolved.
November 22 2012 08:56AM
1. That went well oh wait of course it didn't
So the NHLPA made its long-awaited counter-counter-counter-counter-counter-counter-proposal to the owners today and all that went about as well as you might have expected.
November 21 2012 08:52PM
Mikhail Grabovski drilled Colorado Avanlanche (currently Lokomotiv) goalie Semyon Varlamov right in the head in the first period of Lokomotiv's game against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. Was it on purpose? I'll let you decide.
In other Wednesday KHL action, Nail Yakupov scores in the shootout, and Ilya Kovalchuk's duo with Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko might be the most deadly duo in hockey right now.
November 21 2012 12:25PM
The players union unveiled a new CBA offer this morning. It is fairly comprehensive and, unlike some of their previous offerings, has a sound basis for negotiation (from a league perspective, naturally).
The most significant movement is on the issue of player share of hockey reltaed revenue. The players accept an immediate 50/50 with the stipulation that the teams "make whole" existing contracts to he tune of $393 million spread over four years: